Michael Schatz named 21st Bloomberg Distinguished Professor


Michael Schatz has been honored with the prestigious endowed Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship. He shares this honor with two other IDIES affiliates: Director Alex Szalay and Associate Director Steven Salzberg. The professorships were established with a landmark gift by alumnus Michael R. Bloomberg, the goal of which is to bring together a group of 50 extraordinary cross-disciplinary scholars, empower them to serve as human bridges between our divisions, and entrust them with training future scholars, who will bring a depth and breadth of knowledge across disciplines to the pursuit of groundbreaking ideas.

Michael Schatz is an associate professor of computational biology, at the intersection of computer science, biology, and biotechnology. He holds dual appointments in the Department of Computer Science and in the Department of Biology . Schatz and his collaborators successfully harness trends in computing to tackle important problems stemming from the continuous development of DNA sequencing. Professors Michael Schatz and Sarah Wheelan recently received an IDIES Seed Fund Grant for their project “Fusion Transcripts Bridge Chromatic Loops to Create Novel Proteins”.

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